American Sick Boys
Daze: So we heard you get along with the other bands pretty well.
Stacy: [laughter] We pretend to like them. We hang out with them and we like chum around with then we come on our bus and say “God! Sum and Saliva are a bunch of dicks!”
S: No. They’re awesome. They’re great. I love ’em. I love all those guys.
D: Do you guys like touring with such different bands?
S: I think it’s cool. Sometimes you go see these bills and like the same band all the time.
Jamie: Sometimes you go and one’s better than the other.
S: We’re all totally different. You know, Sum are sort of prankster punk rock and rock and roll. And then, Saliva is sort of metal I think.
Daze: How did you guys start out?
S: Well, at first it was just me and Brian [drums] and we would just go to the space when we were drunk and play. Then we added Drew [bass] and Jamie [guitar] and just had a good time.
Daze: Where did this all happen?
D: Cool, I’m from Connecticut.
Jamie: Connecticut? Where?
J: Wow, I’m from Guilford.
D: Boston’s got a pretty cool music scene.
J: Yeah, I don’t know about now.
S: Yeah, some of them are still playing around here.
S: Yeah, Bim Skalla Bim is still playing.
D: So, what are some of your guys Boston influences?
J: The Pixies.
D: Cool, I love the Pixies. They got big in England, but were from Boston.
J & S: Yeah, definitlely.
J: They were great.
D: So how do you go about writing songs? Who does it?
S: Writing songs? I think it, ya know, I think it happens a lot of different ways. Some of them just come, and I think those are the best, and others take a while, maybe months. My best songs are the ones that pop like that [popping gesture]. If I sit down and battle with songs for months and months, it’s generally not going to be any good.
D: So do you guys like recording or touring more?
J: I like them both.
S: Touring’s good because people sing along the words …
Brian: Cool. It’s cool. It’s like People actually like our band! But, I hate those people that just stand there like this [goes stiff like a zombie] and don’t move.
Drew: What do you do when you’re at a show?
B: Well, I’m not gonna stand in front of the stage like this.
D: Well, yeah, but at the back or whatever …
D: So do you guys improvise on stage at all?
S: Nope! Not at all.
B: We’re really not that kind of band. We don’t jam.
D: Do you guys do covers?
S: I think we did one once …
J: We pretty much just play the whole record. Yeah, I think it was a Cheap Trick song.
Archived article by Ed Howard